The Indian Army took up an initiative to organize a Snow Cricket Premier League in the snow-covered region of Gurez Valley of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district. The region was covered with tons of snow and the temperatures dipped to minus degrees. It has been cut off from the mainland for more than six months. Hence, to keep the areas lively, the Indian Army organized a cricket league for the locals.
Snow Cricket has been a massive success in Kashmir
This is not the first time the Indian Army has come up with such activities for the locals. After Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the snow cricket in Kashmir Valley in his Mann Ki Baat, the Indian Army organized a Women’s Snow Cricket Tournament in the bordering area of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district last year under the Khelo India initiative.
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With a massive turnaround last year last year, the Indian Army made it even bigger this time with as many as 16 teams participating in the winter league, attracting a huge number of locals from the valley. The opening match of SCPL was played on Wednesday in the Dawar area and a total of three matches were played on the frozen track and produced enthralling moments for the cricket fans.
The locals in Gurez Valley lauded the Indian Army’s efforts for providing an opportunity for the young cricketers of the region to showcase their skills and talent and celebrate their love for cricket.
Apart from snow cricket, other sports like snowboarding, tube pulling and volleyball will also be conducted.
Several initiatives by the Indian Army like the establishment of skill development centers and organising competitions in schools to promote participation in extracurricular activities and sports are bringing positive change in these areas. The Indian Army is committed to playing a role in encouraging sports amongst local youth, especially in the bordering areas.